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Monsters Vs. Aliens

Posted in Movie with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2010 by ldw

I really didn’t like this movie.  I thought it was really dumb.  Now, my nieces love it – but they also like things like SpongeBob and Big Time Rush.  It’s about a girl, named Susan Murphy, who is hit with a comet and becomes huge – bigger than buildings huge – and is put into a government program with other monsters.  Others in the program include, B.O.B., Dr. Cockroach Ph.D., The Missing Link, and Insectosaurus.  These are the monsters that are kept in a secret location so that they couldn’t hurt anyone.  Then the Alien comes.  Gallaxhar is a squid-like alien looking for the comet that hit Susan because it contained a power that he needed to create a multitude of cloned minions.  He gains the power from Susan and makes his clones but don’t worry; all hope is not lost!  Susan learns that she can be independent and strong and she saves the day.

This movie contains the voices of Reese Withersppoon, Seth Rogan, Hough Laurie, Will Arnett, Keifer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Steven Colbert, and Paul Rudd.  This A-list cast doesn’t help the movie at all.  Steven Colbert is great as the president and Reese Witherspoon is fun as Susan but that’s about all I can say for this movie.

Anyway, boo.

Rating: 1/2

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Push

Posted in Movie with tags , , , on May 11, 2009 by ldw

I was not expecting this movie to be as good as it was.  First, I love Dakota Fanning (I’m considering naming all of my children after states!).  She has yet to disappoint me in a movie and didn’t start with this one (now I should say I never saw Dreamer or Charlotte’s Web … ).

Fanning plays a girl named Cassie Holmes who is a second generation Watcher.  A Watcher can see the future in pictures but the future is always changing – or at least can change.  Cassie joins forces with Nick Grant (Chris Evans) to stop Division from “winning.”  Division is a secret government organization that tracks people with special abilities and experiments on them to try and create the ultimate fighting force.  Nick is a Mover – this means he can move objects without touching them.  Cassie and Nick are supposed to find a girl named Kira Hudson (Camilla Belle) who is a Pusher.  A Pusher can fill your mind with thoughts that aren’t yours just by looking you in the eyes – she may tell you to shoot yourself in the head or that you are really a 3 year old girl.  Together, with the help of a few others, these three set out to bring down Division.  There are lots of action scenes and cool explosions (personally I enjoyed the fish tank scene).  I won’t tell you how it ends – you’ll just have to see it!

Other abilities:  Stitchers – can heal anyone, Bleeders – can kill you by screaming, Sniffers – can smell where someone is or has been, Shifters – can change anything into anything else, Shadows – can hide anything or anyone just by being around them, Wipers – can erase your memory

I thought Fanning, Evans, and Belle were great choices for the lead roles.  They flow comfortably together in a way that was fun to watch.  I felt like they weren’t trying hard to act like they cared for one another!  Djimon Hounsou played the leader of Division – another great casting choice.  He’s good at being sinister and still getting you to like him a little bit.

The cinematography was above many action/adventure thrillers.  They used color and line to continue the storyline within the sets and props.  The editing was great – you could tell they used hand-held cameras without the feeling of being on a boat!

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie!

Rating: * * * 1/2

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The Dark Knight

Posted in Movie with tags , , , on April 3, 2009 by ldw

Okay so I’m going to upset people with this but I’m at least warning you up front so you can stop reading now!

This is the newest Batman installment with Christian Bale returning as the cape crusader. We have Aaron Eckhart as Harvey “Two-Face” Dent, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes (once played by Katie Holmes), Gary Oldman reprises his role as James Gordon, and Morgan Freeman and Michael Cane are back as Lucius Fox and Alfred Pennyworth respectively. Oh and Heath Ledger plays the Joker.

Christian Bale played a better Batman in Batman Begins but Aaron was phenomenal as Harvey Dent and Heath was good as the Joker. I’m just going to say this once … I don’t think Heath deserved an Oscar for this role. There I said it … let the death threats begin.

This movie is well done and really good but it isn’t Oscar worthy either. *gasp*

The action was some of the best I’ve seen this year. The CGI is even better. The acting and directing was some of the best of the summer! It was great. The storyline was good and easy to follow and it kept you engaged in and excited for the movie.

It was a summer blockbuster and that’s it … it was probably the best summer movie but again it was just a summer movie. I think that Bale needs to step it up a little if he wants to continue really selling the Batman franchise. I didn’t like Maggie at all … come back Katie come back! Anyway … I’ll wait for the death threats and the hate mail to come.

Rating: * * * ½

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